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Field of Study


Master of Science

Study fundamental natural laws and demonstrate how and why things work at scales ranging from the sub-nuclear, through the everyday, and onto the entire cosmos.

Gain advanced knowledge in areas such as quantum physics and astrophysics using experimental, theoretical and computational methods.

This field is designed for students who have a substantial background in physics at the undergraduate level.


1 in Queensland for physics and astronomy

QS World University Rankings 2022

1 in Queensland for materials science

QS World University Rankings 2022

Career possibilities

Postgraduate study can take you anywhere. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Industry researcher
  • University academic
  • Nuclear physicist
  • Computing specialist
  • Health researcher
  • Materials engineer
  • Materials scientist

Graduate salary

Science and mathematics (postgraduate)


How you'll learn

In 2023, we'll be teaching on campus, with online options (for most programs and plans) for students who can't attend in person. See the list of programs and plans you can't commence online.

Course delivery modes may change in future semesters.

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Laboratory work
  • Workshops

What you'll study

At UQ, subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study:

  • Advanced Research Project
  • Extended Research Project
  • Introduction to Quantum Mechanics
  • Dynamics, Chaos & Special Relativity
  • Advanced Computational Physics
  • Laser Physics & Quantum Optics
  • Fields in Physics
  • Frontiers in Astrophysics

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